With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency saying that radon is a cause of lung cancer next to smoking, the importance of radon remediation becomes that important. However getting the right contractor for the job is a bit like buying insurance or buying a car. You know you need it but you need to choose the correct insurance company or auto dealer to get the best deal. With regards to radon mitigation contractors, the same is true more or less. Here are some things you need to look into before hiring a contractor.
- Certification: Since the work requires dealing with radioactive materials, it is important that the company follow the required standards in testing and later on installing radon mitigation systems. One such certification is from the U.S. EPA and their Radon Mitigation Standards. The certification can either be issues on a state level or national level. S.W.A.T. Environmental in Colorado is an example of a company with such EPA certification.
In addition to the EPA, you can also visit the websites of the National Radon Proficiency Program or the National Radon Safety Board to know if the company or contractor is certified for radon remediation or not.
- References: Past work is a good measure of the quality of services a contractor has. The more customers the contractor has performed radon reduction services, the higher the probability that their services are top notch. Thus in addition to an EPA certification, S.W.A.T. Environmental also has certification from Inc. 5000. This certification refers to the number of systems, both for detection or remediation, the contractor has installed. To know more about S.W.A.T. Environmental go to their website at http://www.radondenver.com/
- Insurance/Workers’ Compensation: Even if it just testing dealing with radioactive materials is always a dangerous task. Even with safety measures in place, accidents are likely to happen. Be sure to ask the contractor if they have insurance or they have workers’ compensation. The reason is that if an accident does occur then the contractor is covered. Otherwise if you hired one without insurance then if something happens, you will be the one required to pay it. That is how important insurance is.
- Contract: Once you are satisfied with all other requirements, another important thing to remember in radon reduction is to draft a good contract. Be sure to that the correct terms are in there. Since you will be dealing with standards, make sure the correct ones are there. Once the system has been put in place, make a provision in the contract to conduct follow-up tests to confirm that the system is indeed working.
Radon contamination is not something that you should just brush off. If you do not do anything to properly lessen the problem then by the time it gets full blown, it will be too late to do anything about it. Contamination is not just your problem but the whole community as well. Keep your community safe today. Install radon mitigation systems and know that everything is indeed okay.